5 days in Big Bend National Park & El Paso Itinerary

5 days in Big Bend National Park & El Paso Itinerary

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5 days in Big Bend National Park & El Paso Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
El Paso
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon and then stroll through The Window Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): hike along Lost Mine Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park trip maker site .

Philadelphia to Big Bend National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Big Bend National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in October: high temperatures in Big Bend National Park hover around 87°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to El Paso.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

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nights
El Paso

El Paso ©
El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States. On the 24th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Franklin Mountains State Park, examine the collection at National Border Patrol Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read El Paso online travel route planner .

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to El Paso in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Big Bend National Park in October, with highs in El Paso at 82°F and lows at 56°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in El Paso

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Old Mesilla Village
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Scenic Drive - Overlook ©
Scenic Drive - Overlook
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Franklin Mountains State Park ©
Franklin Mountains State Park

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